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  1. Finally ... A version of this song that I can not only tolerate, ... but dig!
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  2. Yep. Different genres and styles have different standards. The latest Adele, Carrie Underwood and Black Eyed Peas recordings were all produced to very high standards, albeit different standards due to the genres, styles and artists involved. I can't get behind saying this one or that one is somehow lowering the standards or ruining the industry simply because it isn't my personal preference. Especially when the degree of skill and attention to detail involved in the productions is obviously extraordinary. Having said all that, sloppy work is sloppy work and there's a lot of that going around as well. When Auto-tune is applied sloppily, that's as bad as a mis-use of compression or anything else. But when it's done with the skill and intent as it is has been applied in a couple of above clips? I really can't find much bad to say about it. Even IF it isn't to my taste or the choices I might make given the opportunity.
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  3. Looking forward to some more Ser Ilyn Payne!
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  4. I would pull the neck and guard to see what I could find. Looks like a rosewood plug in the truss rod hole. Perhaps warmoth. Squier has plastic and most cheapies just have a hole.
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  5. Oh, BTW, I haven't posted here in forever. Missed you guys, Phil and Travvy. I got a 2 week suspension at TGP for posting a dumb joke thread. So here I am.
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  6. Awesome! It's based on Dave Gonzalez's custom shop jazzmaster baritone. Very cool.
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  7. same here ,saw them in bradford, st georges hall mid 70`s a couple of times, loved them , on the video you posted Lee has a clean jacket on .must have just come back from the cleaners.
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  8. Give me Melanie any day. PS. How come I only have two bars and everyone else has five?
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  9. I was listening to some pop tune on the radio here at work someone was playing. I didn't know that band but the chick singer's voice was so over produced it was annoying to my nerves. I've worked with enough great singers to know what's natural and what's not. every word was carefully cropped, auto tuned, compressed until its sounded completely robotic. There wasn't a single change in dynamics and they could have easily pasted in the exact same chorus lines in throughout the song. All the time I'm listening I was thinking this check must be very hot for those engineers to proper her up as much as they did. I doubt she sounds much better then some college kid amateur in a talent show without all that heavy makeup (audio makeup) I don't care what people do to make themselves sound good and If I'm paid to do it I'll get out the putty knife and layer it on, but no one is going to fake me into thinking that person actually has talent, at least not at this point. Maybe 5~10 years when she can become talented enough to do it without all the audio tricks I'll have some interest in the music but lets face it. If you cant spot an amateur hiding under that processing, than maybe you need to take a break from that pop and listen to some talented artists that don't need it.
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  10. In the days of analog recording, 2" 24-track was the standard format. If you used this format, you could work in virtually any pro studio in the world. Mixing to 1/2" 2-track was also an industry standard, altho many studios would master to 1/4" 2-track. Either was acceptable, and still are. The reason people did it was because there were no viable alternatives. The machines were bulky, expensive and required quite a bit of upkeep - cleaning and demagging before and after every session, regular alignmemt and mechanical breakdowns were always an issue. Tape is pushing $175/reel, for 15 minutes of recording time. OTOH, it sounded very good - the distortion and certain sound qualities that tape added were perceived by many to be very flattering, especially when making rock records. I don't know what your budget is, and how much experience you have engineering, but as far as incorporating tape into your home studio, I'd advise against it, for a few reasons: 1. The "analog sound" that gets touted as being so desirable comes from machines like you used at the place you just recorded. It does not come from a 4-track cassette, or any of the smaller analog formats, such as the Tascam 8-track 1/2" or, God forbid, the Fostex 1/4" 8-track formats that were floating around. Unless you're willing to commit to a real 2" machine, even the most inexpensive USB interface will give you better sound quality. 2. It's very expensive to maintain a tape machine, and you'll need to learn both how to use it to achieve the best results (things like how the recording level can drastically change the recorded tone) and how to do routine maintenance. MG
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